West Kings grad reunited with school ring years after it goes missing

Nancy Kelly
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West Kings grad Nick Nickerson shows off his school ring, which was recently returned to him through the efforts of friends and a Facebook page connecting West Kings alumni.

A West Kings graduate who became separated from his school ring in 2007 is amazed and happy to get it back - again.

Nick Nickerson, now member of the Canadian Forces, graduated from West Kings District High School in 2000. Currently living in New Brunswick, Nickerson was a resident of Grand Prairie, Alberta, in 2007 when he lost his ring during a series of moves.

“I thought I had misplaced it in one of the moves and could not remember that last time I had seen it," he said.

“I take my ring off when I lift weights and it must have (fallen) out of my gym bag because it was found in the street near where I used to work out - seven years later,” said Nickerson, who recently learned about the find through friends and a Facebook page connecting West Kings alumni.

This past May, Rachel Zacharias placed an ad on Facebook about finding the ring.

The post found its way to Kristina Hatt Hickey.

"(She) shared the post with my friend Rob McKinnon, also a fellow grad, who shared it to my Facebook page,” explained Nickerson.

Talking with his friends lead Nickerson to Zacharias. After the two conversed via text messages, Zacharias mailed Nickerson his grad ring.

“I am not sure how many times it was shared on Facebook, but I am thankful it found its way back to me.”

West Kings’ alumni Facebook site, described as “an epic group to join” for “all of you who graduated from West Kings,” currently has 2,284 members.

Unbelievably, this is not the first time Nickerson has lost, and had his ring returned to him.

“In 2003 I lost it, and a woman found it on the Digby/Saint John ferry. After she got home to Ontario she mailed it to West Kings and my Dad got it in the mail.”

Retired West Kings teacher Judith Wells was pleased to see Zacharias’ post about finding the ring and her efforts to return it to Nickerson make its way to the West Kings alumni page.

“WK alumni helping their own. That's a good thing,” posted Wells. 

Organizations: Canadian Forces, West Kings District High School

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Grand Prairie, Alberta Saint John Ontario

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